Is an EU common foreign policy possible?

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Yes, because most EU member states share the same values about world justice.
6% (3 votes)
Yes, because member states share an interest in an increasingly integrated European economy.
56% (29 votes)
No, because member states have different national economic and political interests.
37% (19 votes)
No, because national government leaders have different electoral interests.
2% (1 vote)
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The EU its one of the most important political players in the world. A common foreign policy could be possible in the future. Through its common foreign policy, EU would speak with one voice on key international issues. But, unfortunately, each member state has different economic or politically interests.
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I believe that a common foreign policy is possible and choose the answer 4. Despite the different political and economic views of the governments of the countries, all members have agreed to create a common economic space, and a common foreign policy is an integral part of it. Countries need to understand that the EU has long been perceived as a separate country with its laws and norms, at least in economic terms, and that a common foreign policy could largely help the EU, for example, in the same struggle with US dormitories and their influence on the European economy.
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I think that the EU common foreign policy is not possible and the reason is that the member states have different national economic and political interests (answer 3). We have to take into account the fact that in EU are different states with different ecconomies and there is pretty difficult (or almost impossible, I would say) to implement the same policy for all. A foreign common policy would lead to inbalances in the extremes: the most and the least developed countries.
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My opinion is that an EU common policy is possible and I choose answer 2, because member states share an interest in an increasingly integrated European economy. However because member states have different national economic and political interests,a foreign policy doesn't mean that EU involves in their interests. EU want to develop countries, and EU only apply a few political and general changes that are available for all the countries that joined.
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Uniunea Europeană (U.E.) reprezintă – prin organizare şi obiective – cea mai complexă structură politică şi economico-monetară, existentă pe continentul European. Dintre toate structurile europene (UE, NATO, UEO, Consiliul Europei, OSCE), Uniunea Europeană reprezintă organismul cheie. Pentru cetăţenii săi, are obiective precum pace, prosperitate şi libertate într.o lume mai dreaptă şi mai sigură. Până în prezent, în spaţiul comunitar s-a realizat un comerţul şi călătorii fără frontiere, moneda euro (moneda unică europeană), o alimentaţie mai sigură şi un mediu mai curat, niveluri de viaţă îmbunătăţite în regiunile mai sărace, acţiuni comune împotriva criminalităţii şi a terorismului, convorbiri telefonice şi zboruri cu avionul mai ieftine, milioane de oportunităţi de a studia în străinătate …şi multe altele. UE îşi doreşte să promoveze valorile umaniste şi progresiste şi să garanteze că fiinţa umană este stăpânul şi nu victima schimbărilor majore care au loc la nivel global. Nevoile cetăţenilor nu pot fi satisfăcute doar prin intermediul mecanismelor de piaţă şi nici nu pot fi impuse în mod unilateral. De aceea, UE pledează pentru acea viziune a omenirii sau acel model de societate care este susţinut de majoritatea cetăţenilor săi. Europenii se mândresc cu patrimoniul bogat de valori, printre care se numără drepturile omului, solidaritatea socială, libertatea întreprinderii, distribuirea echitabilă a roadelor creşterii economice, dreptul la un mediu protejat, respectarea diversităţii culturale, lingvistice şi religioase şi o sinteză armonioasă a tradiţiei şi a progresului. Carta Drepturilor Fundamentale a Uniunii Europene, proclamată în decembrie 2000 la Nisa, cuprinde toate drepturile recunoscute la ora actuală de statele membre şi de cetăţenii UE. Aceste valori creează un sentiment de apartenenţă la aceeaşi familie europeană. Un exemplu bun în acest sens îl constituie abolirea pedepsei cu moartea în toate statele UE. Consider totusi ca, cel putin pentru moment, Uniunea Europeana ar trebui sa ramana la marimea sa actuala,pentru a asigura o extindere reușită.
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I believe that some sort of foreign policy is already in place in the EU per say, every country in the EU has to obey some sort of policy if they want to continue to be part of the EU. In so far as equal aid to all the countries in the EU is concerned i believe that a common policy is ok but to become something like a USA is with “federal states” i don’t think that will do us any good, every country needs to be able to take their own internal choices of course supervised by the EU.
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While the foreign policy reforms in the Lisbon Treaty have improved the European Union’s foreign policy machine, the EU’s overall international position has weakened in the ten years since the treaty’s signing. Insufficient leadership and dysfunctional institutional arrangements, the tendency of bigger countries to prioritize their national foreign policies, and the habit of some smaller ones to get free rides have all impeded effective collective action. The EU’s current consolidation, however, offers an opportunity for remedial action. Few member states are ready to give up their national foreign policy or to subordinate it to EU policy by accepting majority voting. Solidarity among member states needs to be built incrementally through the shared experience of common action. In shaping the substance of EU foreign policy, the informal leadership from the bigger member states plays a much greater role than the formal leadership from the institutions. Together, those member states possess the greater part of the EU’s overall diplomatic, military, and intelligence resources; maintain extensive networks around the world; and are present in the exclusive global clubs.The trouble is that the contribution of bigger member states is often inconsistent and weak, because they assign primacy to their national foreign policy. Playing a prominent role on the international stage is part of the national identities of countries like France, Germany, and the UK, and partly also Italy and Spain. Their international action is thus not just about promoting interests or values, but equally about ensuring their rank in the world. This is why the UK and France consider their permanent membership in the UN Security Council to be a crown jewel of their foreign policy and fiercely defend their freedom of action in this forum. These countries are essentially satisfied with the current state of affairs regarding EU foreign diplomacy. Stepping up the level of activity through increased diplomatic initiatives and operational engagement is therefore the best way to become more effective. Whether this concerns converting the EU’s capacity for reconstructing Syria into a political role, launching a major diplomatic initiative to stabilize Libya, or replacing the deadlocked Minsk talks with a new diplomatic process on Ukraine, there are plenty of opportunities for additional EU engagement.
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Actually, it is the one of the main ideas of EU to make the same policies between the state members and to control each others` implementation of these laws for making a robust background of a single mechanism functioning. Isn`t it an utopian envisioning? Each of EU countries is an unique and has its own historical background, customs, generally accepted norms and points of view, location, peoples` mentality, interests etc. So, as for me it is an idealistic model that should be strived to achieve by members with the fluidity of time, but shouldn`t be forced immediately.
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I have choosen the third variant because the European Union's foreign policy remains weak and underdeveloped compared to its other projects.While the reforms of the Lisbon Treaty have, to some extent, strengthened the capacities of the Union, its overall international position has weakened in the ten years since the treaty's signing. With its emphasis on soft power, preference for legal solutions, and enthusiasm for multilateral diplomacy,The EU has had trouble adjusting to a multipolar world increasingly ruled by the power politics. However, there are also deeper structural reasons for the EU's inability to respond adequately to deteriorating security environment. The basic rules of decisionmaking processes are the most serious constraint.The member states decide on common foreign and security policy by unanimity and run their own national policy in parallel. These limitations compound the inherent problems of collective actions by a large group of states, such as the diversity of interests, insufficient solidarity, free riding, fragmented and weak leadership.
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